Wetland areas mean areas that are inundated or saturated by surface water or ground water at a frequency and duration sufficient to support, and that under normal circumstances do support, a prevalence of vegetation typically adapted for life in saturated soil conditions. Wetlands generally include swamps, marshes, bogs, and similar areas. Wetlands do not include those artificial wetlands intentionally created from non-wetland sites, including, but not limited to, irrigation and drainage ditches, grass-lined swales, canals, detention facilities, wastewater treatment facilities, farm ponds, and landscape amenities, or those wetlands created after July 1, 1990, that were unintentionally created as a result of the construction of a road, street, or highway. Wetlands may include those artificial wetlands intentionally created from non-wetland areas created to mitigate conversion of wetlands. There are four (4) wetland categories that is based on the Washington State Wetland Rating System for Eastern Washington.
Priority habitats within Spokane Valley are illustrated in the Comprehensive Plan, as it may be amended from time to time, and include wetlands, riparian, urban open space, and the habitat of native species. The status of individual species is included in the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Management Recommendations for Priority Species and in Chapter 232-12 WAC.
Geologically hazardous areas include both erosion and landslide hazard areas where one or more of the following exist:
Classification of Aquifer Susceptibility. Critical aquifer recharge areas have prevailing geologic conditions associated with infiltration rates that create a high potential for contamination of ground water resources or contribute significantly to the replenishment of ground water.
You can find the requirements in the City’s Municipal Code Section 21.40
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